One day, after returning from work late in the evening, Hideo witnesses a traffic accident in which a car crashes into a nearby pedestrian, killing the victim instantly. However, despite ... See full summary »
An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay's Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named "Godzilla".
As previously speculated upon, Godzilla uses his trademark 1960's-70's roar in the film, and even his original roar. This is given evidence in the first teaser trailer when Godzilla's 1954 roar is heard, and in the beginning of the official trailer, Godzilla lets out his famous Showa roar. See more »
Godzilla's color changes slightly throughout his first attack. See more »
Amazing Epitome of Japanese Ingenuity and Governmental Satire
This is an excellent show that differs from the standard hack-and- slash and action-driven natures of other recent films (Independence Day 2 etc.). It is one of the most narrative-driven films that I've watched in the last 2 years.
The acting was great as a whole, comprising of much seriousness and
focus, typical of the exigency of a nation-wide disaster, in the top politicians of the diet.
It is full of political irony, satire of the Japanese government's
and bureaucracy's indecision and red-taping. There is great intelligence imbued into movie, and it shows that much research has been done prior to filming. It also shows the way in which foreign and indigenous affairs have been interwoven together in governmental decision-making. I greatly appreciate this as a whole, as the narration is full of meaning and subtlety.
The special effects of Godzilla were absolutely wonderful, portraying
both scale and grandeur in Godzilla's size and style. I greatly enjoyed the four main scenes where Godzilla made its appearance, especially its climax at the latter two.
The pacing was fast-paced, and little time was wasted. A lot of
content had been packaged into a duration of just 120 minutes. While watching, I thought that the film lasted for 4 hours, as there were so many occurrences!
The style and pace also remains true to the original Godzilla
classics. So is the provenance of Godzilla.
Ishihara would not have fooled us into thinking that she is a
Japanese-American English speaker!
Overall, it is very dialogue-heavy. This is both a strength and
weakness. A strength as there is much character development, but also excessive to the point that it sometimes can be dreary and draggy. This is the greatest setback of the film, and could have been further streamlined. Minus 1 star for this.
As a whole, I rate it 9 out of 10, and will watch it again.
Most people who have an appreciation for subtlety and nuance, and
also of vivid storytelling will like this film.
However, those who prefer a CGI roller-coaster like Independence Day
2 or 2012 may be turned off by the extremely heavy dialogue.
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